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Napo Wildlife Centre holiday reviews

Sally Longford

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Number of people: 2

"We had an interesting arrival. The morning plane had been cancelled and the afternoon one was delayed so by the time we arrived at the creek it was almost dark. The water level was low and so it was difficult for the paddlers to get up the creek. It wasn't much fun sitting helpless in the canoe watching them struggle! More about Avianca later! The next day Dave was not well so I went on the rainforest walk, which was quite challenging. Again this was due to low water level, as the canoe couldn't access the usual mooring spot and we had to trudge through the forest to get to the path. It was pretty difficult going, and I think I can confidently say no-one enjoyed that much. However, once we were on the path the local guide, Cheyenne, spotted all sorts of creatures and explained about the uses of plants and this was very interesting. He was also very supportive of me, helping me negotiate difficult steps, etc. In the afternoon we went to the canopy platform. We left at 4 and were told we would have to be quick, not my strong point! It was hard going, but when we got there the view was fab, with lots to see and the canopy beautiful. Coming back I had a head torch, but it was again quite a quick march, I went down a hole and messed my knee up a bit (always a weak point). The next day Dave was well, which was good because it was fantastic. We went down the creek, spotted lots of wildlife, then to the two clay licks, lots of parakeets, then back up the creek and spotted Giant Otters. Never forget that, it was superb. The accommodation was very comfortable, with well equipped cabins. The food was buffet style, but good, tasty and varied. Service by all the staff was excellent and friendly. The manager struck us as really outstanding, he was there, keeping an eye all the time, and showed genuine concern and offered help when Dave was ill. He did a really good presentation at the end reminding people about the ethos of the place and encouraging people to thank the staff, emphasising the local people's involvement and the importance of conservation of this beautiful place. "

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Time: GMT -5 hours

Flight time: There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.

Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.



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